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P.E.I. woman becomes a great-great-great grandmother after boy's birth

At age 92, Tish Lidstone of West Cape, P.E.I., says she's thankful she has lived long enough to experience a rare occurrence: becoming a great-great-great grandmother, following the birth of a boy last week.

'My grandmother, she can’t believe she’s lived to see 6 generations,' Tish Lidstone's granddaughter says

Born on Jan. 28, 2017, Kartar is the first member of the sixth generation in his family. (Submitted by Janice Annan)

At age 92, Tish Lidstone of West Cape, P.E.I., says she's thankful she has lived long enough to experience a rare occurrence: becoming a great-great-great grandmother, following the birth of a boy last week. 

"It's one of them things you thank God every day that you're alive and that you can live to see," Lidstone told CBC's Island Morning.

With Kartar's birth, the family marked a milestone: six generations are now living on the Island. Lindstone's great-great grandson, Morgan Wallace, is Kartar's father.

Lidstone said it is marvellous thing to live to see, and her granddaughter, Janice Annand, 51, discovered through a recent Google search just how uncommon it is. Annand tweeted about it early Tuesday morning, which is what led CBC News to the story.

"My grandmother, she can't believe she's lived to see six generations," said Annand, who is now a great-grandmother.

There is believed to be just one six-generation family in all of the U.K., but there may be two now in Canada. An Alberta woman became a great-great-great grandmother in October.

The members of all six generations of Lidstone's family live within about 15 minutes of each other near O'Leary in western P.E.I.

"I just love having them all here," she said.

In this photo from roughly 17 years ago, the family had only five generations. On Jan. 28, 17-year-old Morgan Wallace, the baby in this photo, welcomed his own child. (Submitted by Janice Annand)

Annand's daughter, Sherri-Lynn Wallace, 33, told Island Morning she's excited to be a new grandmother to Kartar, adding, "He's a cute little thing.

"You just don't ever hear about it. It was a big deal when we had five generations and now to have the six, it's pretty amazing."

The family is planning to bring everyone together soon.

With files from Island Morning